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A Palm Beach County, Florida plane crash injured two on Sunday, news sources report. Information regarding the victim’s identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. It is unclear whether any mechanical or external issues played a role in the crash. So far, it is too early to tell whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 12:15 Sunday afternoon at the Palm Beach County Glades Airport. The airport is located off State Road 715 in Pahokee, bordering Lake Okeechobee, and is in an area that is used primarily for agriculture. The airport is a relatively small, countryside location designed for smaller and recreational aircraft.

The aircraft involved is reportedly a single-engine model with rear propellers. It is not clear who owns the aircraft, nor is it known whether the craft had been manufactured and maintained properly leading up to the crash. The make and model of the aircraft has not been released.

The details surrounding the crash are, likewise, still not known. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was reportedly called to the scene, where they found the craft flipped completely over at the end of the runway. Two people were reportedly in the plane at the time of the crash. It is not clear whether the plane was attempting to land or to depart the airport.

The victims did not remain earthbound for long. Reports say they were air-rushed to the St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. The extent of their injuries were not clear.

Plane crashes, while less frequent than car crashes, account for a handful of injuries in South Florida every year. This is especially true of smaller, private aircraft. In February, four people were injured after their airplane’s engine failed and plunged the vessel into the ocean off Biscayne Bay, sources report. The victims were not publicly identified; they sustained minor injuries and were treated at an area hospital. It is unclear whether faulty manufacturing played a role in the crash.
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Jacob Landis was injured in a Miami, Florida hit-and-run crash while on the home stretch of an 11,000 charity bike ride from Maryland to South Florida, news sources report. Landis, 24, sustained injuries in the crash and could not complete the bike ride, sources say. Police are currently conducting an investigation; the hit-and-run driver does not appear to have been identified. It is unclear whether Landis will file for damages.

The monumental bike ride, which was dubbed Jacob’s Ride, was meant to raise money for cochlear implants for children, according to the Jacob’s Ride website. Landis himself suffered from a degenerative hearing disorder that left him practically deaf until he had cochlear implant surgery at the age of 10. Now, as a man in his young twenties who is able to live normally, Landis decided to ride his bicycle from his hometown in Maryland all the way to Miami, stopping at baseball stadiums along the way to solicit donations.

“Jacob decided to combine his three passions–baseball, cycling and helping the hearing impaired-and ride to all 30 baseball stadiums to raise money for those who would benefit from cochlear implants but cannot afford it,” the website explains. The trip started on April 3 in Annapolis and was set to end in Miami on September 24.

Landis’s first 10,500 miles had gone by smoothly until he reached South Florida. Reports say he had made stops at 29 Major League Baseball stadiums along the way; his final destination was Marlins Park in Miami. Landis was close to reaching Miami on Monday, when he was riding along US Highway 27 South just outside of the city. According to Landis’s website, he was clipped by a semi-truck, which injured him and proceeded on its way without stopping.

Landis was taken to the Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring for treatment following the crash. Sources say he sustained a broken nose, a chipped front tooth, a swollen lip, as well as fractured cheekbones, cuts and bruises all over his face, and a severe concussion. Doctors told Landis that he would not be able to ride his bicycle for at least two weeks, effectively putting a premature end to Jacob’s Ride.
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Scott Shaw and Lindsey Chum of Deltona, Florida were arrested Wednesday after police found materials for a meth lab, along with quantities of the drug itself, inside their vehicle, news sources report. Shaw, 22, was booked into police custody on charges of possessing listed chemicals, while Chum, 35, was booked on charges of possessing a controlled substance, possessing meth with the intent to sell, and possessing drug paraphernalia. A judge set Shaw and Chum’s bail bond at $2,500. It is unclear whether the defendants have hired criminal defense lawyers.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 4:40 Wednesday evening on Elkcam Boulevard in Deltona. Officers reportedly witnessed Shaw drive through a stop sign at an Elkcam Boulevard intersection in a Saturn station wagon. The officers pulled Shaw over and questioned him, sources say. Shaw apparently appeared nervous.

Meanwhile, another officer questioned Chum, who was a passenger in the car. After stepping out of the vehicle, Chum allegedly admitted that she had “stuff” in her possession. Chum reportedly revealed a small plastic case containing methamphetamine and a broken piece of a pill. Chum also had a pipe used for smoking meth, coffee filters containing meth, and a plastic baggie with white powdery residue, sources allege.

An officer searched the vehicle and reportedly located a small safe in the rear. The officers asked Shaw what the safe contained. “A lab,” he reportedly responded. Officers apparently found cold medicine, lighter fluid, salt, batteries, plastic tubing, and a pipe cutter in the safe. The contents of the safe resembled those of a meth lab, sources say.

The officers also allegedly located a cache of pseudoephedrine (an allergy medicine used to make methamphetamine) and a plastic soda bottle with white, powdery residue inside a garbage bag in the car. Shaw and Chum were subsequently arrested. It is not clear whether any other suspects were involved in the alleged meth manufacturing.

In other news, Gainesville resident Daron Brown was arrested after he fled police on a dirt bike because he was “bored,” sources report. Brown, 18, was booked into the Alachua County Jail on charges of driving an unregistered vehicle and fleeing police. A judge set his bail at $12,000. It is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
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Irina Bihary of Lighthouse Point, Florida was arrested Tuesday and Wednesday for alleged altercations with various neighbors, news sources report. Bihary, 37, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of resisting arrest without violence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A judge denied her bail bond on the criminal mischief charge. The press did not specify a defense attorney for Bihary.

According to reports, Bihary was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly kicking one of her neighbor’s doors. The details of that incident were not available at press time; however, sources indicate Bihary was charged afterwards with criminal mischief and booked into jail. Bihary also has a prior criminal record; according to public records, she has faced charges of false imprisonment and trespassing in the past. The details and results of those cases are not currently known.

This latest incident occurred on Wednesday, while Bihary was out on bond from her Tuesday arrest, reports say. Bihary and one of her neighbors, Tatjana Piazza-Trapini, got into an argument about an about an unspecified topic. Piazza-Trapini later told the press that Bihary has “mental issues” and that “I’ve been talking to [her husband] trying to give him advice on how to get away from her,” which may have been what the argument was about. Piazza-Trapini was not the neighbor involved in the Tuesday altercation, sources report.

At some point during the argument, Bihary retrieved a large knife from her kitchen, sources say. The then allegedly told Piazza-Trapini, “I will kill you,” reports say. Bihary then allegedly ordered her 65-year-old husband to kill Piazza-Trapini. “She didn’t get that close to actually try to stab me but I’m freaking out,” Piazza-Trapini reportedly said after the incident. “… she threatened my life and wanted to kill me and even told her husband to kill me.”
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Theotis Campbell of Vero Beach, Florida was involved in a fatal collision Tuesday in which the other driver died of her injuries, news sources report. Information regarding the 20-year-old victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. Campbell, 36, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center. The other victim was taken to Parrish Medical Center, where she reportedly passed away. Police are currently investigating the matter. So far, it is unclear whether police will press charges. It is also unclear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 9:40 Tuesday morning on US 1 in Titusville, near Columbia Boulevard. Campbell was northbound on US1 in his 2002 Chevrolet SUV when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle. The cause of the loss of control has not been specified. The SUV veered into the southbound lanes of the highway, where it collided head-on with a 2004 Toyota Matrix, sources allege. The Toyota rolled over during the collision, reports say. The driver of the Toyota was reportedly wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred. Neither driver had passengers, sources suggest.

Campbell’s injuries were minor; he was purportedly rushed to the Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment. The other driver suffered more serious injuries and was transported to the Parrish Medical Center. Sadly, that victim died of her injuries. Her identity is being withheld from public reports until authorities have located and informed her next of kin of her death.

Freeway car crashes can be especially dangerous, due to the high rates of speed often involved. This is especially true of rollover accidents; loss of control or a collision can easily flip a fast-moving vehicle, crushing the occupants or ejecting them if they are not properly belted in. Last month, a 51-year-old Tampon Springs resident, Nancy Gilberti, died when her vehicle rolled over in a single-vehicle accident, sources report. Gilberti was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No one else appears to have been injured, and it does not appear as though Gilberti had any passengers at the time of the accident. Police are currently investigating.
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